The Marshal sends John Weston (John Wayne) to a rodeo to see if he can find out who is killing the rodeo riders who are about to win the prize money. Barton (Edward Peil Sr.) has organized the rodeo and plans to leave with all the prize money put up by the townspeople. When it appears that Weston will beat Barton's rider, he has his men prepare the same fate for him that befell the other riders.
December 28, 2019 Subject:
John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes Rule at the Rodeo
The 6th of the Lone Star/Paul Malvern Produvtions westerns directed by veteran Robert N. Bradbury (father of westerns star Bob Steele) starring John Wayne and George "Gabby" Hayes. Here, they are marshals intent on cleaning up a crooked rodeo setup where the organizers men usually place first. And, if they don't, they wind up dead, usually from snake bite. The bad guys are regulars at this and good: Edward Pell is the boss with the great stuntman Yakima Canutt as his main henchman with uncredited helpers Herman Hack, Jack Kirk, Bud McClure, Artie Ortego and others. Lafe McKee, uncredited, is the upstanding judge and town banker. Cutie Polly Ann Young plays McKee's daughter and Wayne's love interest. According to IMDb between 1917-41 she appeared in 39 movies. Anita Compillo plays Pell's lover and accomplice - IMDb says between 1934-39 she appeared in 12 Spanish and English films before passing away at age 28 in 1938. There is no further info on her. IMDb says 55:00, but we get 52+. As in other films in the Lone Star Productions series, the director is westerns veteran Robert N. Bradbury (westerns star Bob Steele's father) and the action is well-paced, even for a film with lots of stock rodeo footage, and few fights or shootouts. As usual Wayne is shown to rely on his wits to out think the bad guys, but fights and wins when he needs to. Enjoy.